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How to Select a Paint Spray Gun

What questions to consider when selecting a Professional HVLP Spray Gun?

1. Who will be using the spray gun?
2. Will it be a man with big hands or a lady with small hands?
3. How long will they spray at one time?
4. How much paint will be sprayed per shift?
5. What paint chemistry will be used?
6. Will I have enough compressed air to operate the spray gun and achieve proper atomization?

Let’s begin with the first question. Who will be using the hvlp spray gun? Will it be someone who will use it for farm and home application? Will it be an owner of a small paint business who wants the highest quality spray gun? Will the conventional air spray gun or HVLP spray gun be used by employees who may not care for the spray gun as carefully as the business owner?

Next let’s look at the spray gun user. The wrong selection of a spray gun may contribute to fatigue. As the day wears on the stress and strain of a spray gun that is to heavy will likely contribute to an increase in paint defects such as runs drips and sags and or an out of spec paint film thickness.

How long will the HVLP spray gun be in use by the painter daily? Is the work piecemeal or small volume? Is the work large volume? This answer will direct you to select the size and type of paint supply method. For example if you are spraying a small amount of stain, the gravity cup selection will range from 450ml, 700ml to 1000ml. A siphon set up may be the answer for volumes of 1 quart of less. Pressure cups range from 1 to 2 quarts. Larger volumes may be supplied from a pressure pot with sizes ranging from 2.5 gallons, 5, 10, 12, 15 gallons. The pots have either a top or a bottom fluid outlet. Air regulation and air agitation maybe selected to tailor the pot to your application. Air and fluid hoses may be cut to the desired length and come in various inside diameters. For use in paint applications, air hoses are standard i.d. s as follows: ¼”, 5/16”, and 3/8”. For fluid hoses the standard i.d. is ¼”, 3/8”, and ½”.

How many color changes and how much of each color will be sprayed during a shift? This will guide you into mixing only what you need to do the job and select the right size paint source for the job. Would you select a 15 gallon pot to spray a quart of material? No. You would select a size of paint supply to allow you to finish the job with the least amount of labor and materials. The correct size also makes cleaning the equipment less expensive.

Is the paint an air dry solvent enamel? Is the paint a plural component or reactive paint? Is it a waterborne chemistry? This is important because the types of materials the spray guns, cups, pots and pumps are made from react to different chemistries. For example some models like the TomCat, Tomahawk and CPR-T3 has plated brass fluid passages. The Lynx and Jaguar, Panther, CPR and Cat-X spray guns have stainless steel fluid passages. The material of construction for cups range from the plastic 3M PPS to aluminum one quart siphon and one quart pressure cups. The Techline 2 Quart Pressure Cup is aluminum. The 2 Quart Bandit is Stainless Steel. Pressure pot are either mild steel or stainless steel.

What is the cubic foot per minute of air required for the selected air cap? Do you have enough air supply volume and at pressure to atomize the product finish? If you have a limited supply of CFM will require the selection of a Low CFM gun and air cap.

  • What market will be served?
  • Will it be a general purpose application?
  • Will it be a fine finish wood application?
  • Will it be a corrosion control application such as the coating of water tower, or bridge?
  • Will abrasives be sprayed?
  • Will it be an architectural multicolor latex finish?
  • Will it be a high quality automotive refinish?

Each type of material to be sprayed will require a different gun or gun setup to properly apply the paint, coating or finish. The selection of nozzle and needle size will depend on if the coating material is:

  • A thin coating 14 to 21 Seconds #2 Zahn or 5 to 14 seconds #4 Ford Cup typically stains and lacquers.
  • A medium coating 20 to 30 seconds #2 Zahn or 18 to 28 seconds #4 Ford Cup typically enamels and urethanes.
  • A heavy coatings 30 seconds or greater #2 Zahn or 28 seconds + on a #4 Ford Cup, typically latex and epoxies.

The needle /nozzle size needs to be the correct size for the viscosity of the material to be sprayed. Range of sizes:

Millimeters

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9

1

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

1.5

1.6

1.7

1.8

2.2

2.8

Inches

0.020

0.024

0.027

0.031

0.035

0.039

0.043

0.047

0.051

0.055

0.059

0.063

0.067

0.071

0.087

0.110



Conventional Air Spray Guns provide superior atomization such as:

· The Lynx 100C is a general purpose spray gun.

· The Lynx 300C is a fine finish spray gun.

· The Lynx 100C is for Architectural Multicolor Finishes

· The TomCat 100C is a economical general purpose conventional spray gun. Weight is 19 oz.

· The Tomahawk is a general purpose light weight (15 oz) conventional air spray gun.

· The Jaguar 300C is a fine finish gravity feed paint spray gun.

· The Lynx 100CVT is for spraying abrasives.

· The Panther 200Z is a rugged general purpose conventional air spray gun for spraying zinc rich coatings.

· The Panther 200C is a general purpose air spray gun for the corrosion control market.

· The Panther 100G is for applying adhesives and Panther P100G Waterborne.


The selection of an HVLP Spray Gun provides greater paint mileage.

· The Lynx 100H HVLP is a General Purpose device.

· The Lynx 300H HVLP is a Fine Finish Spray Gun.

· The C.A.T. SLP HVLP is a Fine Finish Spray Gun for fine finishing.

· The FE-Line is a Fine Finish HVLP weighing in at 15 oz.

· The FE-Line LCFM is a Fine Finish HVLP spray gun requiring only 6 CFM.

· Panther 200H is a Heavy Duty HVLP Spray Gun for use in harsh environments.

· The 60-TRBN -2 HVLP non-bleeder cup gun.

· The Jaguar 100H is a gravity feed general purpose HVLP Spray Gun.

· The Jaguar SLP HVLP Stainless Steel Low Pressure Fine finish HVLP Spray Gun.

· The TJR is an economically priced gravity feed mini HVLP spray gun.

· The Techline T3 HVLP Gravity Spray Gun is an economically priced.


The Compliant Spray Gun is the Best of Both Worlds offering Fine Finish of an Air Spray Gun while actually providing greater transfer efficiency of HVLP.

· The Cat-X is a Gravity Feed Fine Finish for wood or automotive refinish applications.

· The CPR-G C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Fine Finish Gravity Feed

· The CPR-FE is a C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Finish Excellent Fine Finish.

· The CPR-C.A.T. is a Pressure Reduced Fine Finish.

· The CPR-T3 is a C.A.T. Pressure Reduced Economy Gravity Feed Spray Gun.

The selection of the correct spray gun is important to the success of the finishing operation. If you are not clear on which spray gun will be the best for your application please contact us to aid in the selection process



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The Best HVLP Paint Gun for Beginners Techline T3 HVLP Gravity

The Best Paint Gun for Beginners!

(If You Are Spraying Primer, Base Coat, Clear Coat; This is the Spray Gun For You!)

The Techline T3 HVLP is an economically priced gravity feed gun for use with a range of coatings from primers to top coats to stains.

The T3 combines C.A.T. HVLP fine finish nozzles on a low cost gun body so you can achieve the best of both worlds - economy and fine finish. Features include air adjusting valve and 750 cc plastic cup. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet: 16m x 1.5 Weight 27 oz. Standard set up 1.3 fluid tip x 1013 air cap 13.5 CFM Automotive Finishes

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FE-Line Low CFM Fine Finish FE-Line Low CFM Fine Finish

The FE-Line Low CFM is a Lightweight Ergonomic HVLP Spray Gun.

This gun's setup is designed to operate with a 2 hp compressor. The FE-Line lightweight ergonomic design also reduces fatigue and increases mobility. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Weight: 15 oz. standard setup: 1.3 x 1090

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Jaguar J100H HVLP Gravity General Purpose Jaguar J100H Gravity General Purpose

Gravity At It's Best!

The Jaguar J100H is a general purpose gravity feed gun for automotive and wood finishing. Features include all stainless steel fluid passages, low volume nozzles for small air compressors and self adjusting needle packing. The gun comes standard with 750cc aluminum gravity cup. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 16m x 1.5 Weight: 25 oz. Standard setup 1.4 fluid tip x 1093 air cap 10 CFM Low CFM General Industrial & Wood Finishes

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J300H HVLP Gravity Feed Jaguar 300H HVLP Gravity Feed Gun Fine Finish

This HVLP Spray Gun Knocks Down Orange Peel and Has Superb Flake Control For Color Matching.

Jaguar 300H HVLP Gravity Feed Gun
is an excellent tool for automotive base coat and clear coat applications. Forged aluminum body, Stainless steel fluid passages. Specifications: Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 16m x 1.5 Weight 25 oz. Standard setup: 1.3 fluid tip x 1013 air cap 13.5 CFM for base coat, clear coat, spot, panel applications.

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HVLP Spray Gun Extra Fine Finish FE-Line Fine Finish HVLP Spray Gun

FE-Line Fine Finish - Lightweight Ergonomic Spray Gun Designed With CAT SLP Technology.

This gun has been designed to spray stains, toning, and consistent color matching applications. The 12 point air diffusion design significantly improves pattern coverage uniformity, process capability and color consistency The gun's lightweight design reduces fatigue and increases mobility. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4” NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8” NPS (m) Weight 15 oz Standard setup 1.3 x 23-1313 13.5 CFM

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Lynx 100H HVLP Spray Gun Lynx 100H HVLP

LYNX 100H HVLP Industrial General Purpose
Low CFM HVLP Spray Gun
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The L100H is unique in that it offers a wide range of Nozzles that will function with small air compressors (2HP) to spray dyes, spray stains, topcoats and primers. Other nozzles are available for breaking up high solids materials. Stainless steel fluid passages, lightweight and rugged construction make the Lynx 100H a great gun for on-site or production applications. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Standard setup: 1.3 fluid tip & 1090 Low CFM air cap

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Lynx L200H Corrosion Control HVLP Spray Gun Lynx L200H HVLP Lynx Corrosion Control Spray Gun

Control Corrosion with the Best HVLP Corrosion Control Spray Gun!

This C.A. Technologies Lynx L200H Spray Gun is made to spray those hard to atomize corrosion control heavy duty coatings. This gun has a wide selection of fluid tips (1.1 -2.2.) and air caps. The gun features stainless steel fluid passages, lightweight and rugged construction. Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8"NPS (m) Weight 20 oz. Standard setup Fluid Tip 1.8 x 1095 Air cap, 12 CFM, For Heavy Bodied, Primers.

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LYNX L300H HVLP Fine Finish air spray gun LYNX L300H HVLP Fine Finish Spray Gun

The LYNX L300H is a Fine Finish HVLP Air Spray Gun for Achieving the Ultimate in Fine Atomization!.De

For production use, the Lynx 300H HVLP is perfect for wood, automotive or any fine finish application. This gun offers the user a self adjusting needle, packing, air adjusting valve, lightweight and rugged construction. The Lynx L300H HVLP spray gun come standard with all stainless steel fluid passages and incorporate our 12-point plenum design. This patented design delivers smaller, more uniform material particles providing for an even, flat finish. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Standard setup: 1.3 x 1013

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Panther P200H HVLP Corrosion Control HVLP Spray Gun Panther P200H HVLP

The Panther P200H HVLP is a Heavy Duty HVLP Spray Gun
(excellent for spraying in harsh environments)

The Teflon anodized finish makes the 200H perfect for zinc rich, glues, CARC or any coating that makes clean-up difficult.


This HVLP gun has a heavy duty needle spring, air adjusting valve, self-adjusting needle, and air valve packing. Panther guns comes standard with stainless steel fluid passages. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Standard setup Fluid tip 1.8 x Air Cap 22-1083 requires 12 CFM Weight 20 oz.

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Jaguar SLP HVLP Gravity Feed Jaguar SLP HVLP

Jaguar SLP is a Fine Finish Gravity Feed Gun
for Automotive and Wood Finishing.


Features include stainless steel fluid passages & superfine atomization achieved with the patented 12 point atomization. Smoke like atomization allows for producing excellent blending and gloss. The JSLP requires only 29 psi inlet pressure to achieve 10 psi at the nozzle. Specifications: Air Inlet: 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet: 16m x 1.5 Weight: 25 oz. Standard setup: 1.3 fluid tip x 23-1313 air cap 13.5 CFM; Automotive Finishes

This gun is also offered in the following Cat Packs.

This HVLP spray gun is available in a Cat Pack with 3M PPS Gravity Cup set up for wood finishing

This HVLP spray gun is also available in a Cat Pack with 3M PPS set up for automotive refinish

This HVLP spray gun is also available in a Cat Pack with an aluminum gravity cup set up for wood finishes

This HVLP spray gun is also available in a Cat Pack with an aluminum gravity cup set up for automotive refinish

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Cat SLP HVLP C.A.T. SLP HVLP

The C.A.T. SLP HVLP (Stainless Low Pressure) is a Fine Fnish Spray Gun Designed for Automotive and Wood Finishing.

Features include stainless steel fluid passages, and superfine atomization achieved with the patented 12-point atomization. The smoke-like atomization allows excellent blending and gloss. The CAT SLP requires only 29 psi inlet pressure to produce 10 psi at the nozzle. This gun specializes in breaking up NGR stains and other hard to break up materials. Specifications: Air Inlet 1/4" NPS (m) Fluid Inlet 3/8" NPS (m) Weight 20 oz. Standard setup: 1.3 X 1313

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Is the HVLP Spray Gun A Better Choice?

Air Spray Tech Consulting

The Tech Corner

The transfer efficiency (T.E.) of an HVLP Spray Gun is in the range of 70%. That is to say that 70% of the paint that is atomized as it leaves the paint gun reaches the part. In this case the part is a 100% solid panel. In other words, there are no openings in the panel. Compare the HVLP spray gun @ 70% with the air spray gun @ 30% T.E. and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that HVLP will pay for itself quickly with the savings in the cost of the paint. It takes less paint to do the same job with an HVLP Spray Gun verses an Air Spray Gun.

The HVLP is better for the pocketbook and better for the environment. Less paint and solvent in the atmosphere equals a win, win for the planet and our finances.


What is the C.A Technologies Difference?
  1. CAT HVLP spray guns' are designed, engineered, manufactured and proudly carry the label of “MADE in AMERICA”.
  2. Committed to research and professional quality to bring continuous innovation to the marketplace.
  3. Customer needs and service are a top priority
  4. A full product line of professional grade of HVLP spray guns
  5. A comprehensive line of precision atomization nozzles and air caps
  6. A line of IMPROVEMENT parts to service the needs of owners of Binks, DeVilbiss, and SATA spray guns.
  7. A complete offering of professional grade quality, value pricing and service
  8. Over 90+ years of experience in the design and development and manufacture of paint application equipment.
  9. C.A.T. 300, CPR and SLP series guns offer best in industry atomization with a Patented 12 Point Balanced Plenum.
  10. This professional grade "MADE IN AMERICA" spray equipment carries a LIFETIME WARRANTY POLICY





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